Super Typhoon Haiyan, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 195 miles per hour, slammed into the Philippines on the island of Samar the evening of November 7, 2013, and hit Vietnam on Sunday, November 9. Thousands of people are feared dead, and local officials report approximately 9.5 million people have been affected.
This weekend there will be a second collection after all Masses for those effected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. These funds will be used to support the efforts of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services (the official international humanitarian agency representing the U.S. Catholic Church) to respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter and medical care and assist in the long-term recovery from the disaster. Collection funds will also be used to support the long-term need to rebuild the Church after widespread destruction.